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About Great Ocean Drive Trail, Esperance
This 2wd trail showcases the stunning Esperance area coastline, salt lake systems and coastal scrublands. Make it a day trip! From snorkeling, surfing, swimming, bike riding, bush walking, whale watching (in season) to just taking in the amazing view, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Jetty Headland - With a nature playground, food and coffee vans plus beautiful walkways, there’s plenty to do at the Jetty Headland. It also offers BBQs, restrooms and showers for public use.
Southern Ports - A viewing area of the Port and access to a sheltered beach. Port tours are held every Saturday at 1:30pm from the Port viewing area. (Donations appreciated)
Nine Mile Beach - An explorer’s delight! Wander through the rock pools to discover a protected lagoon perfect for snorkeling.
Ten Mile Lagoon - Great for swimming and fishing, this beach is also the access point to ‘Free Beach’ where clothing is optional.
Ten Mile Wind Farm - Discover the history of the Esperance Wind Farm. A short walk past the first windmill will yield stunning views of the Wind Farm and ocean.
Pink Lake Lookout - Our once pink, Pink Lake is a lovely place to watch the sunset. Information on the lake’s history and why it is no longer pink is available on site.
Cannery Arts Centre & Lookout - A vibrant community arts centre that facilitates exhibitions and workshops. Climb the stairs at the rear of the Cannery for a view of the Esperance Bay.
Rotary Lookout & Walk trail - Boasting a 360˚ view of the town and archipelago makes this a wonderful spot to watch the sunset. There are two trails winding around Dempster Head with spectacular views of the crystal blue waters.
Salmon Beach Wind Farm - Discover the site of Australia’s first commercial Wind Farm on this heritage walk trail.
Be trail ready for Great Ocean Drive Trail, Esperance
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Half day depending on stops
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails) required.
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails)
- Research your trip well in advance. Good preparation is essential as distances in Western Australia are huge and facilities are limited. Visit the website associated with each drive trail for in-depth travel information.
- Carry maps, spare parts, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water to last your journey
- Visit the ‘Travelling in Outback Western Australia’ website for information regarding travelling in the Outback. Permits may need to be arranged in advance to enter into some areas which are on private property.
Esperance, 700km from Perth
- BBQ Facilities
- Dog Friendly
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- View Platform
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
Summer, for swimming.
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